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The New-Look Gunners: How Arsenal Will Line-up Next Season

A look at how Arsenal will line-up next season with the addition of new signings Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud assuming if everyone is fit.


Guest post by: Lloyd The Gooner

Everybody is fit. Form is good. Who plays? And where? A dilemma such as this was the stuff of dreams during some of Arsenal’s recent injury ravaged seasons.

One thing is for sure Arsenal only have one SONG! Nobody else does what he does. The archetypal modern midfielder wins the ball (more often than not without having to go to ground in the tackle) and his passing now matches anyone else in the team. If he stays he plays.

You don’t pay the kind of money Arsenal have for CAZORLA and not select him so he plays too. So you have one sitter and one out and out creative player. If Wenger sticks to his recent favoured formation there is only room for one more in what is basically a 4 3 3.

To begin with the final position WILL go to ARTETA. Simply because his consistency and fitness are better than the other options. That is not how it will end up though.

Arsene Wenger knows that he has a player that would balance the midfield perfectly alongside SONG and CAZORLA. He is box to box, gets goals and can win the ball back which as the world knows has not been a recent Arsenal strength. His is – Abou Diaby.

DIABY is the single most talented player at the club but also the player most likely to be that porcelain ornament falling off the mantelpiece at the slightest touch. If he stays fit Wenger will pick him. Even Wilshere would not oust a healthy in form Abou.

Moving forward then February 2013, top European opposition at The Emirates Stadium, Champions League knockout game…this is our team:

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Robin? Even if he stays he’ll be unfit by then!!

Like my line-up? What would yours be? Get involved in the comments section


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  1. amon percy

    August 9, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    i prefer a 4-1-3-2 formation sczesny koscielny vermalen mertisacker santos this is a stong back 4 and not jenkinson as some are 4 defensive midfield role.arteta cazorla walcot 4 attakin 3. podolski and rvp upfront cos we need more goals this is perfect we can defeat any team with this squad even barca

  2. Folami olaboye

    August 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm


  3. Miguel

    August 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    My team wil be. sczes jekins koscielny vemaelen santos song ateta diaby cazorla giroud podoslki .pls i wont u to no that v p is not arsenal player

  4. Weedz

    August 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm








  5. Ismail

    August 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I prefer 4 3 3. Secsheny, sagna, koscly, vamalen, satos, song, arteta, carzola, podolski, giroud. Nt van rubise. Up gunners

    • olaniyi

      August 10, 2012 at 12:57 am

      I don’t belief RVP has now turn to trash for arsenal fans,pls don’t forget he single handedly took us to where we are now,as for diaby in T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ line up,rule him out bec he gonna get anoda injury bf T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ start O̶̲̥̅̊ƒ T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̲̅ season dts his traditon gooners till messi and.c ro joins arsenal for 5pounds each.

      • daniel

        August 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

        @ Olaniyi u also forgot dat 80% of the goals he scored came from Alex Song and if Alex song can give such assist to Giroud or Podolski then we will see another Arsenal player win the highest goal award this coming season again.

  6. RASTA

    August 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Arteta for Diaby

  7. David

    August 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Ridiculous!! Wilshere has to be in there. Artetamhas been great but Wilshere is almost certainly a world class player in the near future.

  8. tayunet

    August 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I will prefer schel, sagna, santors, kosc, vamea,song,ateta,walcot,podoski,Rvp. Bench
    Gervino, geroud,ox,rosicski,diaby,gibbs,fabianski

  9. tunde aka olasco

    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    sczy,sagna,kosne,venm,santos,song,aterta,diaby,carzola,poldos,giroud (4-3-3)

  10. Johannes

    August 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    4-2-3-1: Szczesny – Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs – Song, Arteta – Theo, Podolski, Cazorla – Giroud

    I’ll rather see Podolski play behind the striker and Santi on the left, who can cut inside, and in that way the gunners attack gets more unpredictable. The main thing we have to inprove is our defensive organisation, last year we let in to many goals

  11. momoaxare

    August 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    1 sczesny
    2 koscielny
    3 santos
    4 diaby
    5 matsecker
    6 vermelean
    7 chamberlain
    8 arteta
    9 giroud
    10 cazorla
    11 podolski
    vp not commited, song barca in mind, wilshere injured, rosicky nt fit. dz is d perfct wining team.

  12. edward owen

    August 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Why mention diaby with all the talent we got?he will be injured straight away,never rated him.

    • Jjoonneessyy

      August 10, 2012 at 2:55 am

      Diabybis one of our most accomplished midfielder when fit good ball control passing defending i dont know y uv never rated him suppose u never rated rvp until last 2 seasons


    August 10, 2012 at 1:04 am


  14. Jake

    August 10, 2012 at 1:37 am






  15. Micky

    August 10, 2012 at 5:07 am

    1 sczesny
    2 koscielny
    4. santos

    • Femi Jacobs

      August 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

      This i quite agree with. Except that Giroud should start while Walcott come in when the opponents wax tired

  16. Ash

    August 10, 2012 at 5:10 am


    We actually have quiet a few players to choose from, so I’m expecting to see alot of rotation in midfield and on the wings! I definitely want to see Chamberlain start more often in the upcoming season. Hopefully Wilshere will be back soon. All I can say is everyone will be fighting hard to get their place in the starting lineups! Wenger will have a tough decision on who to start seeing as we have so many talented players!

  17. Omeiza

    August 10, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Sczn, sag, kosc, verm, sant, arte, son, cham, poldy, carz, RVP

  18. Bradon

    August 10, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Why ignored Wilshere? He’s certainly the key of our success next season…


    August 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

    the patten is the best coz we have santos to sub gibs,arter to sub diaby,walcot to sub chambalain,van persie to sub girod lets try that first for now

  20. bazi

    August 10, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Diaby won’t start too many as everyone expecting him get injured soon….Possibly Ramsey/wilshere will be in his place or may be nuri shahin….

  21. Lorenzo

    August 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

    All ur 4mation ar fantasstic. U guyz ar tru gunnerz 4 trophy, bt remember Le Prof is d master of all 4mation in whom we trust

  22. charles

    August 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

    No Gervinhio?

  23. Mc'ali

    August 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Sceszny, santos, verminator, kosienly, sagna/gibbs…..carzola, arteta,song/sahin/diaby, podolski, gervinho, giroud

  24. Mc'ali

    August 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Sceszny, santos, verminator, kosienly, sagna(gibbs)….carzola, arteta,diaby(sahin) podolski, gervinho, giroud……subs walcott, diaby, meterseker, chamberlain,coquelin,ramsey,mannone,

  25. Phata

    August 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Mine s scesz,kos,verm,gibbs,santos,song,arteta,cazorla,podolski,grioud
    of course sagna,rosicky nd wilsheire r unfit,rvp in doubt….hpe we wl challenge the tittle ths time.

  26. gooner69

    August 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

    4231 system GKszezny RBsagna CBvermaelen CBkoscielny LBsantos LDMsong RCMarteta lAMpodolski CAMcarzorla RAMgervinho STgiroud. Subs wallcott the ox diaby ramsy wishere mertesacker jenkinson rvp rosiscy

  27. Jide Bolarewaju

    August 10, 2012 at 8:49 am


    sagna kochny vermilator gibbs

    arteta song


    podolski bentner wallcott

    dis is hw my formation goes,unbeatable squard nd i pray to GOD dat jack wishere av a fast recovery Amen.

  28. Dayo

    August 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Szcesny sagna..kosc..ver..sant… Song
    arteta diaby
    walcot gervinho
    olivier giroud.
    Must use sub:cazorla, ox,podolsky.order sub: vp,coquelin,aneke, bertley,manone,fabiansky,arshavin,djorune,matasacker.i want prof 2 sign 1defendr & 1 d.midfield den after dis,i tink we ar wel complete 2 compete with any teams in d world.up gunners

  29. Dayo

    August 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Szcesny sagna..kosc..ver..sant… Song
    arteta diaby
    walcot gervinho
    olivier giroud.
    Must use sub:cazorla, ox,podolsky.order sub: vp,coquelin,aneke, bertley,manone,fabiansky,arshavin,djorune,matasacker.i want prof 2 sign 1defendr & 1 d.midfield den after dis,i tink we ar wel complete 2 compete with any teams in d world.up gunners

  30. Hydro1102

    August 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I think the best thing is that the squad is strong enough that we are debating startig 11 with 18 players we ain been that strong for years and the players with 1 or 2 exceptions mid 20’s down the futures bright the future is Arsenal 2013 treble

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